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Roma Confirm Signing of Michel Bastos on Short-Term Loan Deal

Schalke's Michel Bastos celebrates after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Hamburg SV in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

Roma have added another signing to their ranks this winter after confirming the capture of Michel Bastos for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.   

The club's official Twitter account posted this image of the Brazilian international in full Giallorossi get-up, and claimed that the player had undergone a medical via Roma's official website:

After the arrival of Radja Nainggolan earlier this month, the transfer window is beginning to reach full stride at the Stadio Olimpico.

Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports adds that the Italian titans have an agreement in place to sign the player for a reported €3.5 million in the summer.

As is mentioned in the medical report, Bastos is still in the last stages of recovery from a fractured forearm, which could impact his chances of featuring this weekend against Hellas Verona.

That being said, Rudi Garcia has his hands on a potentially crude deal, with Bastos being brought back to European shores after spending just six months with his parent club, United Arab Emirates giants Al Ain.

Bastos enjoyed his most consistent career form during a stint in France, making more than 200 appearances for Lille and Lyon between 2006 and 2013. However, he has since endured a less stable climate, going on loan to Schalke for the latter half of the 2012-13 campaign before moving to Asia in the summer.

In Ligue 1, Bastos has scored 51 goals and made 30 assists, per Transfermarkt, rising to prominence during his time in the French top flight.

As OptaJean notes, the speedster will revive his partnership with former Lille boss Garcia in Rome:

The 30-year-old also promises to strike back a flowing tandem he once held with former Lyon starlet Miralem Pjanic, now a more evolved star and among Roma's most highly valued commodities.

Garcia's men are currently eight points off Serie A leaders Juventus and are attempting to chase down the lead that they once held themselves closer to at the start of this campaign.

Bastos offers cover down the left flank, able to play either as a winger or in a more defensive capacity should it be required.

Signings such as these will help Roma in their efforts to stage a resurgence over the next five months, although it's possible the Bianconeri may have already strode too far ahead of the pack.

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